As a university highly respected for its pre-health programs, there are a number of active and influential health-related student organizations on campus. Each group has a distinct mission and unique philosophy for better preparing students for a career in medicine described below. If you are interested in obtaining membership information, please contact the group(s) via email or, even better, attend the Student Involvement Fair!
General Student Organizations Lists
The following lists present links and information about all student organizations at Johns Hopkins. There are many health-related organizations interspersed through these lists.
Student Organizations Advised by the Pre-Prof. Office
Below are specific health-related organizations that are advised by the Office of Pre-Professional Advising:
Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) is an international honor society for pre-medical students and the largest pre-med organization in the United States. AED is also the world’s largest honor society exclusively serving pre-medical education, with a membership exceeding 124,000 in 174 chapters. AED at Johns Hopkins is involved in a number of activities in addition to acting as a platform for students to receive guidance and assistance through the medical school preparation process. Some of these activities include medically related community service events, mentoring underclassmen students, tutoring for pre-medical classes, and a lecture series each semester that brings prominent names in the medical profession to speak to undergraduates.
MAPS is the undergraduate chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). SNMA MAPS seeks to provide community service, networking and other health-related opportunities for pre-health students underrepresented in medicine. SNMA MAPS is determined to increase exposure of minority pre-health students to their health-related graduate institutions, professions and the medical field. As an organization, SNMA endeavors to increase awareness within the Johns Hopkins University of health issues prevalent in minority and low-income communities.
The Women’s Pre-Health Leadership Society (WPHLS) is an exclusive group of female undergraduates at Johns Hopkins University who have demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to community service, and a passion in pre-health studies. The mission of the society is to provide a forum for young women to inspire and empower one another, while addressing the current healthcare and professional issues and concerns facing all women and promoting the next generation of female physicians and scientists. WPHLS provides a platform for female undergraduates to exchange ideas and experiences, mentor one another, and receive guidance through the medical school preparation process. Society members participate in community service events, mentoring opportunities, awareness discussions, and lecture series, and have the chance to network with female physicians and health professionals within Johns Hopkins Medicine.
The Medical Ethics Discussion Panel (MED Panel) fosters discussion of current medical ethics issues and changing healthcare policies while encouraging students to articulate their thoughts on sensitive topics. Their goals include providing students the platform to connect with others of similar interest, discuss and find solutions to pressing medical ethics issues, foster growth and education to transform students aspiring to enter the medical field into well-rounded individuals with strong ethical knowledge, and provide for a safe and open space for the sharing of diverse thought and ideas regarding medical ethics. Members are able to engage and network with their student peers and professors from various divisions of Johns Hopkins University regarding pressing ethical issues in medicine and public health. In addition, free pizza and beverages are provided to attendees for in-person meetings. During the current online landscape, this is temporarily suspended; however, the opportunity for engagement remains even stronger.